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On The Brink with Castle Island

Jul 31, 2020

Matt and Nic review the stories of the week, featuring John Collins, partner and cofounder of FS Vector, to cover the OCC letter and its implications. Covered in this episode:

  • Our Plustoken conspiracy
  • Nic's bird situation
  • USDC raises $25m from DCG
  • Avanti's dollar-coin Avit
  • Why Pats players keep declaring their...

Jul 27, 2020

Jesse Walden, founder of Variant joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • Jesse‚Äôs journey in the crypto industry, from founding Mediachain, to being an investor at A16Z, to founding Variant
  • The crypto ownership economy and how Jesse sees the evolution of consumer software
  • Crypto projects through the lens of...

Jul 24, 2020

Matt and Nic review the stories of the week. Covered in this episode:

  • Why holding Bitcoin in banks isn't necessarily contrary to the nature of Bitcoin
  • VALR, a South African exchange, raises $3.45m from 100x Group and others
  • The OCC's bombshell letter saying that banks can custody cryptocurrency
  • What this means for...

Jul 22, 2020

Sam Wyner and Sal Ternullo, cryptoasset services co-leads at KPMG, join the show to talk about KPMG's newly-released analytics capabilities dubbed Chain Fusion. Chain Fusion is a patent pending suite of advanced analytics capabilities built on leading cryptoasset data and infrastructure products, to streamline the...

Jul 20, 2020

Nate Maddrey, senior research analyst at Coin Metrics, joins the show to discuss a recent report published by CM in collaboration with Bitstamp, The Rise of Stablecoins. We talk through the report and analyse some of the charts in depth. In this episode: 

  • Why the auditability of public blockchains is so useful...